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How to continue employing the best candidates whilst your competition struggles to get bums-on-seats

Posted by Jay Staniforth on 03-Mar-2016 09:00:00

The teacher shortage in the UK’s Education Sector has meant that many institutions are left filling employee gaps with agency staff, resulting in an array of people with varying experience entering the institution on a potentially daily basis.

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Topics: Education

The old and manual method of recruiting is no longer an acceptable option for you

Posted by Jay Staniforth on 01-Mar-2016 16:15:24

 

For many institutions, recruiting via the old manual method simply isn’t an option anymore. In order to compete against other schools, colleges and academies to get the best staff, a slick and streamlined recruitment process is needed – many applicants will associate their experience as a candidate directly with your brand as an employer; so getting it right at this stage is becoming ever more important.

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Topics: Education

Is the recruitment process the reason that coastal schools are seeing sub-standard GCSE results?

Posted by Ed Hull on 28-Jan-2016 09:00:00

Over a decade ago, in November 2002, over 2,000 schools were temporarily closed when members of the two largest teaching unions, the NUT and the NASUWT, took to the streets in protest.  Strike action was taken by 10,000 teachers in retaliation to what was deemed as being an unfair wage for the skyrocketing costs associated with living in the country’s capital. The 2002 strikes were the tip of the iceberg; schools in London had been experiencing a longstanding drought of applicants as many were unwilling to teach in problem areas for pay that did not match the hardships.

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Topics: Education

Understanding the STEM Teacher Crisis in UK Schools and Colleges

Posted by Ed Hull on 19-Jan-2016 02:00:00

It would be fair to say that some schools have had to get inventive with their recruitment policies to avoid having unfilled vacancies or having to hire on the basis of ‘it’s better than nothing’ during England’s teacher shortage. A number of schools have started to look abroad in countries such as Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the USA; some have even gone as far afield as Jamaica for their teaching staff.  Many of these countries are currently seeing a large number of teachers graduating that are unable to find work in their home country.

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Topics: Education

The Negative Effects of Using Recruitment Agencies on Supply Teachers’ Pensions and the Quality of Teaching in Schools

Posted by Ed Hull on 12-Jan-2016 11:11:53

The teacher shortage has ensured that many schools have had to rely on expensive agencies to find supply staff. The Guardian stated that in 2015, spending by academies and free schools on agencies rose by 42%; meanwhile statistics from the National Union of Teachers (NUT), report that £733million was paid to supply teacher agencies in 2014. These figures equate to tens of thousands being spent on supply teachers, per year, per institution; however spending is not the only drawback of this heavy reliance on agencies.

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Topics: Education